Contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Corsa CDTI? Petrol in your Diesel Vauxhall?

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Filling up with Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall is a regularly occurring mistake. And what you have to do about it depends on various things. In case you want to know what you ought to do to sort it out then continue reading.
These are the most important factors to consider whenever deciding on whether or not to have a fuel drain:

  1. How much Petrol have you put into the Vauxhall, taking into consideration that the fuel capacity of the Vauxhall Corsa CDTI is most likely approximately 44 litres?
    1. Hardly any Petrol, as little as 2.2 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Corsa CDTI will in most cases not be a major problem. Experience has taught us that quantities under 2.2 litres (close to 5% of the fuel tank volume) is quite often able to be completely diluted by wholly filling up the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It is extremely rare to find a vehicle going through problems due to less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Remember that it is very unusual - in no way impossible to find. There are actually a few motor vehicles that don't endure any level of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 2.2 and 4.4 litres of Petrol in the Vauxhall (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 scenario. Our experience demonstrates that as many people get away with this as all those who don't. Any time you're deciding on whether to risk it and basically fill it up recognise that it is just like gambling everything on black - you have got a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything above 4.4 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Corsa CDTI should as soon as possible be drained out because your probability of succeeding with that level of contamination is undoubtedly lower than one in fifty - extremely big odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance difficulties as a result of putting the incorrect fuel in the Corsa CDTI? If that's the case, get it drained irrespective of the volume of Petrol or the contamination percentage. Continually running an automobile that is already starting to suffer the effects of wrong fuel contamination can definitely result in more damage affecting your fuel system.
  3. Do you need security?
    Then get it drained. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is invariably some amount of danger connected with operating a Diesel engine on fuel contaminated with Petrol. Likely final outcomes of driving a car on the wrong fuel include things like the engine not starting, running unevenly, reduced power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn or clogged injectors, and so forth. These are a few of the most typical Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and if you recognise any of them then stop and get it removed asap.

Do not just get any unqualified mechanic to attend your vehicle. We are Vauxhall experts and have got the certification and practical experience required to make certain that you are back on the road with no hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Corsa CDTI?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, boasting countrywide cover, for Vauxhall motorists in particular. We mainly attend:

  • Unleaded petrol in your Diesel Car
  • Diesel in your Unleaded Petrol Car
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water fuel contamination

We are Vauxhall specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Vauxhall vehicles. Even if it's at the roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at home, we are able to get you on the road again.

The Procedure

The process of removing Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is generally the same for the majority of cars. Naturally it does vary to some degree as every make has their particular different fuel system. Having said that it still basically follows the below principles:

Petrol in Diesel Vauxhall

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Empty the Fuel Tank

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System Flush

Clean out the fuel lines & pumps

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Petrol in Diesel Questions

When someone has put Petrol in a Diesel car they have a few very common questions. So we have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions for you

I put Petrol in a Diesel car and drove it. What do I do?


Turn off the car as soon as possible and call us. Continuing to run a vehicle on the wrong fuel can potentially damage it. We will be able to give you advice and assistance based on your circumstances

Will driving a Diesel car on Petrol cause damage to it?


It can. However, if the problem is caught and remedied quickly the risks will be minimal. Of the 1,500 vehicles we attend every month, less than 0.5% have suffered and substantial damage requiring parts replacement.

How much Petrol can I get away with in a Diesel car?


The safe answer is none. However you might be able to get away with a very low contamination ratio. That being said, we always highly recommend draining anything over a 5% contamination ratio asap.

I know about petrol in diesel, but what about Super Unleaded?


Putting Super Unleaded, or Shell V-Power, BP Ultimate Unleaded, etc, will have the exact same effect as putting regular unleaded petrol in your diesel car and will need to be drained out and flushed.

Will getting you to do a fuel drain void my warranty?


No! The EU Block Exemption Regulations clearly state that "the work can be carried out by as long as that garage uses manufacturer approved parts and correctly follows the manufacturer's service schedule."

Can I top it up with Diesel and add some 2-stroke oil?


This might work on some vehicles in some cases, but in the majority on instances it won't and you risk damaging the Lambda sensors as well as fuel pump and injectors, just as a regular misfuel.

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